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SC nixes admission to med pupils on domicile

THE ASIAN AGE. | AISHWARYA IYER
Published : Aug 18, 2018, 6:26 am IST
Updated : Aug 18, 2018, 6:26 am IST

Going even further, parents of these students again filed a fresh petition at the apex court for an interim relief.

Supreme Court
 Supreme Court

MUMBAI: In a landmark decision by the Supreme Court on the state domicile eligibility criteria issue, the court on Friday rejected all the petition of the 31 students who were granted admission in Maharashtra state quota who did their class 10 outside the state.

The court asked the state to give admission as per the state domicile rules that says a student is eligible for state quota only if he or she completes class 10 and 12 from the state. The 31 students earlier filed a petition at the Bombay high court, however after hearing, their petition was rejected on July 29. Going even further, parents of these students again filed a fresh petition at the apex court for an interim relief.

However, after hearing from both the side, such a decision was passed in favour of parents of Maharashtra medical aspirants who have been fighting since a couple of months. The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) have cancelled the admissions of the 31 students after the decision.

Parents and students are happy, as with this move, the students in the state would get more seats. These seats are up for the undergraduate students who wish to apply for MBBS courses in government and civic-run medical colleges. “The decision by the court proves that our country still follows all the rules and isn’t biased towards any of the party. Everyone is served right. This fight was not just for the 2018-19 batch but also for the entire future batches,” said a parent, Sudha Shenoy.

The 31 students who got admission did not go as per the domicile criteria – did not complete their class 10 from Maharashtra state. However, the criteria says, a student in order to get admission under the ‘state quota’, which is 85 per cent, should have pursued class 10 and 12 in the state and should possess the state domicile
certificate.

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